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Topic # 8259 15-Jun-2006 17:48
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Noob here, so please bear with me!



I've just bought an ipaq 4350 and accessing the net via bluetooth or wifi is probably not an option (too expensive here), so I'm thinking of getting a modem suitable for a ppc - can anyone suggest where I can get a suitable one please? I believe that Socket Communications have one called an SDIO 56k modem - would this be OK and where could I get one? Preferably second hand.



BTW, my PDA does not have a CF slot, only an SD slot. And I don't have a BT enabled mobile phone either.



Thanks in advance for any and all advice!




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Reply # 38683 15-Jun-2006 18:04
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The Socket products are really good and both the Socket SDIO Modem for Pocket PC and the Socket Cordless Bluetooth Modem will work with your iPaq h4350.

I recommend the cordless one, for obvious reasons - you don't have a cable limiting your movements, and you can use your Pocket PC from up to 10m away from the phone line.







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  Reply # 38687 15-Jun-2006 18:15
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Thanks so much for the quick reply and your advice. Problem is sourcing one of these in New Zealand, even new is next to impossible and I'm sorta hoping someone here might know of a second hand one (also in New Zealand obviously).

Should I consider buying a BT enabled phone instead do you think? I've heard that people can use these to dial up their ISP but I've also heard that they only work at short range, so.... I'm confused I guess!

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 38691 15-Jun-2006 18:27
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You can easily source these in New Zealand... One of the original distributors for Socket products is http://www.pccard.co.nz, based here in Wellington. There is also a new distributor, http://www.vantex.com.au/Default.asp?c=152622 which is based in Christchurch.





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Reply # 38692 15-Jun-2006 18:29
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Also, what you will buy depends on how you are going to use it. The Bluetooth modem or the SDIO modem are really good only if you are going to use these at home or the office. But if you plan to have a connection while on the go, then your best option would be a Bluetooth mobile phone - but then you have to account for the data costs.







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  Reply # 38694 15-Jun-2006 18:33
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Actually I rang pccard.co earlier today and they said they didn't have (and wouldn't be getting) any, because they didn't get enough demand and would need to get Telecom approval (bizarre that!).

Thanks, I will try the other link. :)

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Reply # 38695 15-Jun-2006 18:37
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A couple of months back I received an e-mail from a Socket VP in America who introduced me to the new distributor - perhaps pccard.co.nz is no longer reselling it, but they didn't say?









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  Reply # 38846 17-Jun-2006 19:09
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pccard definitely no longer stock it (if they ever did) and I'm still trying to find out if vantex have a supplier here. Another option is a company called Specialty Modems New Zealand ( http://modem.next-day.co.nz/index.php ) and I've emailed them to check availability.

Having thought about this, I think I'll go with the modem, as it can be used anywhere in the world (is cordless, which is great!) and when visiting friends and family in New Zealand, I can just dial up my local ISP for no extra charge. So no ongoing costs which is a big plus.

Thanks again for your help! :)

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